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This paper reviews Jane Austin's popular novel,"Emma", examining how the author artfully picks apart the melodrama of Victorian era love and relationships. The paper contends that the story itself is reminiscent of a soap opera and its main characters are all flimsily created hyperbole of their culture. The paper explores how satire contributes to the ridicule of the Victorian perception of love, marriage and relationships, providing an examination of the story's characters, plot twists and its ending.
From the Paper:"The main character of this novel is Emma Woodhouse, a product of her upper class society. While she is extremely clever and sophisticated, she is also vain and extremely rich. The combination of these qualities makes her the ideal central character for the book. She exhibits all of the qualities that Jane Austin attempts to satirize. The first example of her satire is Emma's perception of class; she believes that marriages and love in general should be an issue of class as well as love. She tells her friend Harriet to marry Mr. Elton rather than Mr. Martin because he is wealthier and has more stature in the town. Her beliefs especially about class are predicated on the Victorian era belief that marriage should occur between those of a similar class. Therefore, Emma's well intentioned belief that Harriet should not marry beneath her stature pokes fun at this Victorian era convention. The purpose of Jane Austin's creation of the character Emma is to show that she is the Victorian typical heroine. She is a noble born woman who is kind hearted but at the same time believes in class division."
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"Emma" (2006, February 18) Retrieved October 19, 2020, from https://www.academon.com/book-review/emma-63894/
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